Posted 12 May 07
So I've given you guys a week to tell me what you think, and the response has been amazing. I've gotten a big welcome and answers to my questions. And a review problem, but I'll talk about that later.
First of all, poetry is definitely staying. I didn't really have a reason to take it down before, except that maybe nobody ever read it, but it turns out I was wrong about that. The famous menti belle convinced me. (You guys should all read her poem My Lone Heart. Have I already recommended it to you? I can't remember.)
About validation! Yes, this is the big question and I had lots of differing opinions. I searched for a long time through my admin panel and I finally found a way to make almost everybody happy. I can't validate only the first chapter, that just isn't possible. But I can validate by member, so the people with really good writing skills are automatically accepted. Isn't that wonderful?
So I'm going to turn validation on, but if you're one of the good writers -- artists are always automatically allowed to post their work, heh -- you'll be automatically validated. And I'm going to go through this site and systematically DELETE the stories that are blatantly disregarding the rules. I mean, I don't even know if there are any on here, but just so you know. I know it sounds harsh, but like a bunch of people have said, I don't want this to be like Fanfiction.net.
And the review problem? I've checked it out, and I really don't know why you guys are having the problem. I was able to respond to my reviews...And there's no way I can undo the update. I'm really, really sorry. I'm looking into it, though.
The challenge has kind of fallen by the wayside because, as you can see, I have a lot to do. You guys are welcome to post your challenge submissions up, like a couple of people have.